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9 of the Most Beautiful Cultural Festivals in Asia

Did you know about Korea's Mud Festival?
9 of the Most Beautiful Cultural Festivals in Asia Did you know about Korea's Mud Festival?

The world is getting smaller and our borders are slowly disappearing—which is a good thing, actually. Because of that, bridging the gap between cultures is essential for peace and stability. An example of how we can do that is by experiencing different cultural festivals that promote learning, social bonding, and innovations.

We've rounded up a list of festivals you can check out on your next trip abroad!

(Note: Some of these festivals are celebrated in other parts of the world at different times.)

1. Thaipusam (Malaysia)


When: January
What is it: It is an extravagant Hindu festival honoring Lord Murugan. Huge celebrations usually happen in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Participants pierce their bodies with skewers and hooks and enter meditative states. It is done as a spiritual cleanse. 

2. Harbin International Festival (China)


When: January-February
What is it? The Harbin International Festival has ice artworks grouped by theme, from Chinese lanterns to European-styled churches. Ice sculptors from all over the world are invited to exhibit their work here. 

3. Lantern Festival (Taiwan)

When: February
What is it: It's considered to be one of the biggest and most romantic festivals in Taiwan. Also called "The Little New Year," Taiwan's Lantern Festival is all about keeping traditional folklores alive. The main theme of the biggest lanterns usually corresponds with zodiac signs.

4. Holi (India and Nepal)


When: March
What is it: Holi or the Festival of Color celebrates love (specifically the love of Krishna and Radha), fertility, color, and the triumph of good versus evil.

5. Cherry Blossom Festival (Japan)


When: March-April
What is it: Hanami or flower-viewing is a Japanese custom of admiring nature after winter. Assumed to have started in the Nara period, Hanami was a way of celebrating the harvest season. 

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6. Songkran (Thailand)


When: April
What is it: Songkran is a national water fight for Thailand! It's how they welcome the Thai New Year. Songkran is symbolically a time for new beginnings and spiritual cleansing. 

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7. Boryeong Mud Festival (Korea)


When: July
What is it: The mud from the Boryeong mud flats is said to be full of minerals, which is why it's used to produce several cosmetic products. It attracts 2.2 million visitors per year. 

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8. Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival (Singapore and Vietnam)


When: September
What is it: According to an old folk tale, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a way for parents who've been away harvesting to make it up to their children. It is also believed that this is the time when the moon is at its biggest and brightest, which is considered to be a sign for harmony.

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9. Deepavali 


When: October
What is it: It's the Festival of Lights! Much like Holi, Deepavali focuses on good versus evil and light over dark. Candles and lanterns are lit to help guide the souls of the departed back to their loved ones. 

*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.phMinor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors

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